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Telfer Community Volunteers to Prepare Youth for Financial Success

Assistant Dean Alain Doucet in a classroom teaching a grade 8 class

On May 9, in commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of the naming of the Telfer School of Management, over 50 Telfer alumni, staff and friends will be teaming up with Junior Achievement Ottawa (JA) for JA Delivery Day, to promote financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills to Ottawa Grade 8 students.

“Youth who participate in our program go on to save more and borrow less than the average Canadian adult,” says Albert Wong, JA Ottawa director. “The real world skills they acquire through the program can be applied to their lives immediately. Budgeting, investing and aligning their financial choices with their goals are a few of the things our JA volunteers are able to teach youth through the program.”

JA graduates are also more likely to launch businesses and create jobs. According to recent research, JA graduates are 50% more likely to open a business. What’s more, 65% of graduates said that JA has had a significant impact on their decision to stay in school and enrol in postsecondary education. Simply put, students who participate in JA programs gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. JA programs prepare them to innovate, take on leadership roles and pursue their dreams.

“We are proud that Telfer comprises 20% of the yearly volunteers that participate in the JA workshops,” says Alain Doucet, Assistant Dean (External Relations) at Telfer. “The May 9 Delivery Day will increase that amount to over 30% for this year. It is evident that our community understands the importance of teaching real-world skills to our youth.”

For more information on Junior Achievement Ottawa, email Albert Wong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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